tv Peggy Grande Discusses The President Will See You Now CSPAN March 27, 2017 6:30am-8:01am EDT
you know that it's got your back. he's going to live life with a sense of humor. a man of incredible respect. president that it come before him for president that come after him -- what? he also had great respect for women. he talks about them. his mother being the most important person in his early life. of course, there's so much written about his relationship with mrs. reagan and the respect
they had for each other. mother teresa came in to visit the office and this little tiny one and only recognizes nina giant on the world stage. he had an amazing respect for her. of course the first president to put a woman on the supreme court. sandra day o'connor was something he was very proud of. he respected by men. he respected their role. this is many to many many years ago. this wasn't even one of our riches back then, but it was important to show respect. as a young woman working for him, i always felt his utmost respect towards me an appreciation for the value that i had. a man of incredible patriotism and something you would expect from a president. from having been behind the scenes all the time, that was not something he did when the cameras were rolling. this man is pay reporter: to the core. how many times do you think is
heard the star-spangled banner, nationally at them or any other songs he played. when we would have guessed them to the office, a lot of times they would perform for hammerstein for him and you could imagine if you're coming to perform for the president, what are you going to probably perform? probably patriotic music. here's this man come me know if her the signs of thousand times before and yet i would watch and an messily start companies companies see him tapping his toe, singing along every word to every verse i didn't even know existed yet he knew every word. every now and then he would stand up at attention and out of respect and put his hand over his heart. for certain songs that which is so beautifully performed with the over and actually see tears in his eyes. this is a man who is patriotic to its core. he loved this country. it meant something to him. he felt the honor and privilege of having served at the highest level. he was proud for what he had
been able to represent them prod about america represented on the world stage. we also used to joke with mrs. reagan that he hoped it was okay with her, but there is another one in his life talking about lady liberty. we thought it was especially -- this beautiful feminine lady who is a beacon for the world. he's a man of incredible patriotism. also men of extreme gratitude. think about the things the president it all the time. here he is getting the presidential medal of freedom in the white house from his successor, george bush. he was president at that time. we went to the white house. pretty presented him with the medal of freedom. anand has won every word, every trophy, every certificate. on the way out, what if he do? along six hour flight home, he left his metal on.
he wore them at all the way home. it meant something to him. it is very special, but it represented. he appreciated that so much. he wore it all the way home. another thing i noticed that i didn't notice when i first took it. what is he doing in this photo? he's got his pen out and has no card. he is writing his thing he does. anyone else a bit brighter out here? i am because of this man. if he can do, i could do. you just received the presidential medal of freedom. he was elderly at this time. he's not taking a nap. he's not having a champagne party. he's not saying i'm going to disneyland. what is he doing? on the plane on the way home. either way, yet an executive assistant were then happy to do that for him.
instead, he's putting pen to paper rate then you say what he wants to say, expressing gratitude right after the moment. so every time -- i travel quite a bit. every time i get on the plane, i carry my no card i think of this man can do it, i couldn't appear before the plane takes off i pull out the notecards, right by thank you for the trip. he's a great example of gratitude. he was the highest and best level and if he can be grateful, we all can be. one of my favorite treasures that i have for years of work for him as this. i have a son and three daughters that they were looking for mature box the other day trying to find something to steal of nine. i think it's a compliment when i want to steal your stuff. they were rummaging through looking for something good. agree mother box. i had this big old seal. what is this? i don't know.
but me see. i pulled out the little card. it was a gold watch. so i got a lot of amazing gifts over the years. the gold watch from the king of jordan means nothing to me compared to this little piece of paper and what it represents. ronald reagan to pen to paper to show his gratitude to me and this means more to me than anything in the world. because it is from this horror. it was from him personally. it says merry christmas to peggy, nancy and ronald reagan. when he gave that to me, he was almost a little apologetic. he said it made something for you for christmas and i hope you like it. i really wanted to do something more, but you always do on my shopping so i wasn't sure how to manage that. this is before amazon, couldn't have a drone delivery. so yet very creatively come up with the way to show his gratitude towards me.
there's nothing i treasure in the world more than this because of what it symbolizes. the world knew him for so many things. i knew him as a man of incredible kindness. this does look like a prom picture, that he was celebrating with me. i told him i'd just gotten engaged to my husband, greg. we have a 27 wedding anniversary coming up in a few weeks. i actually got married and had three of my four children while i was working for the president. you can imagine those are some crazy busy years that the president was wonderful as was mrs. reagan with these changing family dynamics. they're about to welcome my first, my son taylor and dissected, my daughter courtney. and a third, my daughter page and my fourth, my daughter jocelyn at which point mrs. reagan pulled into the hallway and she said peggy, you
know how this is happening, right? for and no more. the family was complete. it is great over the years to interact with the reagans. casualty at the house. nothing like looking over ronald reagan pushing my sense alert through the l.a. zoo, sitting in the pool, celebrating birth dates and hollowing and christmas together. for my kids, they grew up thinking this is all very normal. my son the book and in the evening and he would say are you having dinner tonight with daddy or the president. the kids that get together and say you be the first lady. you the secret service then they would peak around in all of that. it was very normal. i always always appreciated their brigands allowing my family to grow up alongside them. my husband got into the action is so tenuous fortunate as president reagan's friends
cuddled her, they didn't golf anymore and ronald reagan loved to golf. puma golf tee times while he was president, but he did go a couple times a month post-presidency and always enjoyed it. his friends were getting older. a lot had back trouble or into the desert or one available so every now and then a friday afternoon, mrs. reagan would call the house and asked for greg and she was safe when he really needs a fourth tomorrow. is there any way he could go out and play. he of course would say yes then turned to me and say peggy, i'm really looking forward to mowing the lawn tomorrow and i couldn't wait to tackle that honey do list a to do chores, but duty calls. i have to serve my country. i must play golf with the president. i said when they get this straight. so i work hard all week long and then you go golf on saturdays? yes, that's right. greg came back with lots of great stories and enjoyed the
behind-the-scenes times with the president. and in so many ways i feel like i grew up with ronald reagan. he taught me everything i will ever need to know about how to live. not by a list of rules or less sense, but by how he lived his life. so when you look at this list, authenticity, humble beginnings, humility, humor, respect for my patriotism, gratitude and kindness. does that surprise you that would be the recipe for success? it certainly is not the leadership we seek to pick it on tv or in the movies. but i can tell you this man had a spine of steel. he went toe to toe with the communists and brought down so that unions in a lot of ways. but he also had a beautiful humanity behind him. i do think about your own leadership moving forward, realize that you can be tough. you can accomplish everything you want to.
you can be hard-working, driven, but you can also incorporate these beautiful elements which ronald reagan embodied. one of the things that i kind of took away from my experience is a legacy is not written after you're gone, but something you write with every single day of your life. i challenge you to live as if your legacy depends upon it because it does. every single day it was in britain after he left us. he had aired in britain has legacy. i thought behind the scenes every day when you want out of the office, seeing how the world responded to him, seeing how he responded to the world, dallas has legacy on display. your legacy has heard he started. and if your legacy right now is not what you want people to be telling about you when you are gone, and now is the time to
change that. never too late to pay that into a better direction because your legacy has heard he started. it's already going. has legacy of course now we remember an entirely different way now that he's gone. but even after he passed away, we picture hours and hours people waiting just to walk past his casket. these are people who looked like they had never met ronald reagan. they didn't know him personally and that they had an attachment to him. they had a fondness for him. and i would say because they knew he always cared about them. people lined the streets and waited for hours just to watch him drive by. hamas moment to interact with this man's life. this legacy of lasting and is so memorable and not for all the policies and not for the elements of the presidency, although we talked about those,
too, but the character of demand. how you read, how you live equal to legacy. so ronald reagan's passing of course made us cry, but in his lifetime, he often made us laugh. part of the reason we still missing today is because they miss how we felt as a nation under ronald reagan. we miss how we felt when we were prospering economically and proud diplomatically. we were strong diplomatically in every corner of the global oppression still existed. now more than ever we as a nation don't want to get over ronald reagan and its impact on our nation, but we want to get back to him and back to what he represented and letting herself and america as we did when ronald reagan was president. the great communicator only said it best in so i want to read you a quote. it's one of my favorites and especially for this timeframe
now, when everything in politics and society so divisive, ronald reagan had a replay of bringing people together, reminding us what is important and that there's always a better way. in 1892, his convention speech in houston he said whatever else history may say when i'm gone, i hope it will have your best vote, not your worst fears, your confidence rather than doubt. my dream is he will travel the road ahead with guiding your steps and opportunity's arm's study your way. we hear a lot of fear and doubt, don't you? how wonderful to be reminded we could made by confidence in pesto. he also said, my fondest hope is for each of you and especially young people here. i love it. use only think about the future, the young people and before donald trump, he was the oldest president that ever served but i
was forward looking, thinking about the future of young people. not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and idealism. each of you have the heart to conceive of the understanding to direct them and execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here. i have no doubt that through this program and all the things each one if you are doing in your own little corners of the world that you definitely are making the world a better place for your having been here. leon is going to, then we will do some questions. [applause] >> thank you or that talk. those inspiring words to hear. also those of us joined last year. we will get more about the
president. to start with ,-com,-com ma i would like to go back towards elizabeth, tories facing this kind of all started here decided that the in the course that he would take was forever changed the phone call you back from the office of ronald reagan. you mentioned writing letters to different organizations, asking for the opportunity to intern in several weeks later came a phone call. what was in the letter that made them consider who could work for president reagan even though you had little work experience at that time? >> so i was a nerdy little kid. i loved government and politics. i was so fascinated by it and that would be fairly common. in southern california, orange county, back in the day when women weren't even involved in politics. i didn't have any role model or example where you can know that women could be involved in politics. we are fascinated by the whole
idea of the presidency. sasser into college and a communications major. great communicator in the white house and the perfect convergence of everything i love. he's a communicator, president, every thing. altogether right there. no-space via data is a dataset somebody's got to have that and it might as well be you. i grew up believing anything was possible. when ronald reagan left the white house, came back to l.a. i thought if i could work for anybody in the world, that's why would work for. somebody's got to have that job. i wrote a letter and was brought in for an interview, was terrified at the same time had a feeling that all of these little pieces of my life have led up to that point. a lot of people say you are so lucky. i believe i can send things to do in life. you can call it confidence or gods divine blessing. a lot of people have left in my command not willing to recognize it. they are not ready to grab it when it comes and they are not
willing to put in the work to maximize it. i was fortunate to have any opportunity that i believe everybody fortunate to have a lot of luck in your life if you're ready to grab it. >> we noted the quote you have from your father. what advice do you think you gave your children as you go forward that she would hope they would hold onto? >> i have four children and they are as different as for humans can be, which i loved. they were already equipped with certain skills and traits and talents that were embedded in them when they were born. come on, i feel it is my role to nurture and water and facilitate them related to what they were meant to be another make them into what i want them to be. i want them to know that anything is possible and especially for my daughter's, my mother was incredible mother. betty crocker stay at home, wonderful, well-educated woman
who chose to be on embrace her family and i appreciate and admire that. i thought it would never be a working mom. i got a different planet so i stepped into it because i thought that's what i was called to be. you need to be there and do that and so i hope for my girls they will realize that anything is possible and you could do it. you can have it all. you can have a family and career. it's not always pretty. it's not always perfect. it does not always go smoothly as i read a lot of that in the book. but a catastrophic baby things. but anything is possible. dream big, work hard to pursue it until the senate or somebody else you'd assume it's for you. >> that's very true. for u.s. such a young age, you like to keep up with all these things happening and you are able to do it all. what advice do you have for
young people trained to keep up with a full-time job while juggling other aspects of their life? >> you have to be very organized. managing a household of four little kids, i don't know which is harder. winning harder. when in the president for running back. it truly is a full-time difficult job. we need to give ourselves a lot of grace and cut ourselves the letters lack because we expect perfection in every arena. my priority was always the president gave the. i never wanted anything that i was doing or not doing to jeopardize obviously his life or make him look bad to jeopardize his reputation. i learned to focus on the things that were most important. his safety, his reputation, persona, the smoothness of his day. and i was made the same decades. but are the major priorities? we can get it set up every little tiny thing. life isn't always perfect, so don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
i things to be perfect but enjoy the good that there is. it was challenging because they not only had to stay pace that had, but i had to stay ahead of him. this better be in the right direction because the president in the middle of the meeting, he would be lost in the moment and enjoying the meeting. i would take the momentary snapchat in my head of this amazing opportunity. mother teresa is now a saint, in the room observing this. i was one moment and i'm taking a snapchat in my mind. i'm thinking i wonder if the lunch is ready, what kind of sick i break this up? i don't want to be rude, but any to get things moving. in my mind as i stand there smiling, taking pictures of it either, i am thinking 12 steps ahead. it's definitely symbolic of your symbolic of the symbolic of your own life. enjoy the moment. take the snapchat of life where you are, but i would think about
what's ahead, how can i be ready and prepared? when the president came to my desk and said peggy, i'm looking for it -- that could literally handed to it and he would never have to ask because i anticipate what he would need. >> after getting a chance to reflect on the career you were able to have with the president had been able to write the book, is there any advice you would wish someone had been able to give you before you had gone through your career? >> that's an interesting question. you know, i am a lot of grace made my own path. i got as a superintendent of schools. he was a schoolteacher in run-up to the ranks and education. my mom also has a schoolteacher who went on to be a college professor. i didn't really have somebody to look to. so i would say would be very helpful. if you find somebody in your arena, somebody that you think i would love to do what they are doing or maybe i just want to know more about what they do with that arena looks like. talk to them. i find that anybody at any level
is willing to invest in the life of young people if they know you have the curiosity and interest and are willing to take their advice and listen to it and take that into account as your moving forward. i think it's really helpful to surround yourself with people. they make it into the conversation and think that's not about what i'm interested in doing, but how great to find that out now. i went into a college of communications major. politics is something i always loved, but kind of a hobby and just did and everything that it would be so fortunate in my to interact with the political arena at all. i never even imagine not. put it into an arena you are interested in and see what that could look like. see if you can see what the lifestyle that is, the training to be there and be bold. dream big and work hard to get there.
>> going off of that, in your book you gave many instances where you said yes i'll come in for the interview, yes i can start monday and yes you can be the primary photographer, this kind of things and make sure you are able to be there for the president. was there ever a time to remember singing out and if so, why did you say now? >> i kind of live a modest where i always say yes when i can and know only when i have to. i have found that this opens some interesting doors for me professionally right now i travel and speak a lot everything from political conferences to global executive assistant conferences here but it also has some interesting clients come up and say diplomacy and hospitality staff, can you do that in the sporting world? so i worked the final for the super bowl but can tacky derby because they have dignitaries from all around the world economy needs somebody to interview.
just i say it sure, i could do that and in my mind and think and i don't know if i could do that, but i'll figure it out. i would challenge everybody to say yes and you can and know only when you have to. that'll stretch you, grow you. you will be uncomfortable. there's lots of things i'm uncomfortable with all the time, but every time you do that against success under your belt, you think okay, i can do that. the challenge yourself. push yourself and especially when you're done, it's the best time to take a risk, try some renewed. decide you love it or decide you don't. find out what you are good at. not just the skills and thinks are good at, but what are the personality traits you possess are the best of you. even though your resume may be a little thin, are you hard working, innovative, great people person? what is at the core of you that the best of you and learn to live without a new open doors of conversation moving forward. >> going after the passion.
the last question i like to ask you for questions or new skies would be someone who's lost someone very close to, and what are some things that she'd see that i was a major president reagan? >> every time i drive up the hill, obviously i think i've had and i think i've been here with him. they want to pull off the freeway off ramp, specially picturing a year ago today. what an honor it was to be part of planning her memorial. i was actually in a motorcade that drove her body out here. i picture these policemen lining up with motorcycles, all at full salute. what she meant to ban them what he meant to them in just the honor of having any out to 90 to be one little part of their world. so many people now are torchbearers for their legacy and our keepers of the flame and
there's so many voices out there and i feel very privileged to be one of those moving forward. i saw them, interact with them. he is everywhere here. to me it's very personal. personal fancies. here is i make a point every time i'm here at the library, i always thought that the gravesite as i arrive early. hello, mr. president. i'm still here, still talking about you, still telling people how you changed my life and how you embodied in the because they still change lives today. >> useful place for sure. now we are going to open it up to you guys for questions. there are two microphones going around right here. if you guys have a question, go ahead and raise your hand and we'll call on you. break here in the front.
>> by name as western boardman, thank you are speaking with us today. you have the holistic trait that he embodied. which trait do you believe in our society and government today are we missing the most and how can we write to fight back? >> that's an interesting question. i would say the last political cycle especially. is that authenticity is something people i looking for. we have become a society of soundbites and reality tv. that's not really based in reality. combat or not based and i think that is just craving for people that are authentic. are you people think you are? have you created a false persona batch or not. whether people liked or hated donald trump, there is not fantasy. you knew exactly what he thought because it went through his twitter feed to all of us.
i think that resonated with people. whether they loved him or hated him, there was enough intensity to him. you knew what you were getting. i think there's some appeal to that. i believe society's pendulum always swings and we wind up so far in one direction that at some point over corrects. i think we are going to be swinging back toward being people of substance and being people of a little bit more authenticity and we are craving that not just in politics, but society. >> hello, i want to thank you again for your very inspiring perspective on ronald reagan's life. definitely very inspiring to me and i'm sure a lot of other people as well. now my question for you is it
definitely came across that you value the values that ronald reagan stood for. but what does mark the position of authority as president of the united states, that influenced your decision to see him as a role model or was it more personal believe of you trying to become more of a character like u.s. because you've looked up to him for what he believed in and what he stood for that influenced more of what you have become today. >> yeah, thank you are your question. i was fairly young. when ronald reagan took office i was in junior high so i watched in junior high, early high school and college. as much as i was trying to follow the politics of things, i was than politically savvy. i wasn't raised in that involved in politics. they're still trying to figure out my political ideology. i would say that with say that wasn't even hardly a factor in my fascination with ronald reagan.
it was more the way he communicated, the way he made people feel. when you think about how you communicate with others, they don't necessarily remember every word you ever say. they remember how you felt when you talk to them and that is far more lasting. when ronald reagan would talk to me through the tv camera, coming through the lens to my living room, there's a feeling that he was talking right to me. yet a way a way of connecting to me, a young girl in southern california and never imagining i worked for him. it is the essence of the man and certainly when he later painted the vision for what they could accomplish as a nation, i was all in because bought into him as the leader. it is the carrot or a common position and i think the policy is kind of come along. a lot of people, democrats voting for ronald reagan because they believed in him as the leader. not necessarily may be aligned with all the politics here for
the good things to remember is we always have commonalities and a leader should be looking for those in highlighting those rather than things that divide us. >> thank you. >> another question over here. >> hi, i'm giuliana. i would say the part of the reagan leadership family now for three years, something that they've been teaching us is how to put ourselves out there and really push for what we want. you said that you decided you wanted to work in politics in your dream job would be working for president reagan and you made that by writing that letter. so how did that feel to be advocating for yourself and further outside influence -- influences that drove detroit's advocating for yourself -- and
mark >> well, it was very bold, but actually was so terrified they did not tell one person because i thought what are the chances? i didn't tell anybody. i went in from the interview because i kept thinking what are the chances this would ever happen. but i do appreciate that because there had to have an something they need old enough to say, maybe there could be a place for me there. maybe there could be a chance that somebody like me who is not politically connected, with the wealthy of the donor class, maybe there's a chance that somebody like me. for all of you, when you think where is that place, maybe even somebody like you could step in to a place like that and be prepared for it. you know, one of the things that is most important that i learned over the years, having to accomplish things that she think how my going to ask this person for this? this is crazy but i'm about to
ask them to do for the president. as always put themselves in your shoes. put yourself in your shoes. what are they trying to accomplish in their business, so highlight the ways for which you are asking. here's all the great things i've done. there is maybe not that many great things on your resume. i don't care bacher grade point average. they don't care about the little summer jobs you've had. what i did leave with a serious nitrates. i'm a hard worker. i'm super disciplined and detail oriented. i am committed to efficiency and
excellent. these are things that are hallmarks of every project i've ever worked on. when you present yourself in that way, it doesn't really matter what their resume says. i babysat, worked in a restaurant, that doesn't really apply to the job. deficiency, excellence, on time, hard-working and disciplined. make sure you know what's going on. google that company. don't walk in there without having a game plan ready to go. you cannot digest it, but be prepared, do your homework and make sure you're ready to ask for the opportunity, showing how it will benefit them. >> i can imagine trying to figure that out. >> yeah, exactly.
>> i had another question for you. you mentioned ronald reagan was a great communicator. we all know he was able tonight that personal bond with the american people whether a camera for my speech on stage. do you believe there are times when keeping something a secret is more important than communicating that, but whatever valuable hold, even though you are compelled to share that idea what the public, there is some thing that is keeping you from expressing your identity. is there ever a circumstance we have to remain quiet rather than remain central in the new stage. >> of course. the president who is the keeper all kinds of secret. i actually been writing this book had to go through my own sort of vetting process. for everything i wrote in the book, there's a thousand things
i didn't write. i wanted to strike that balance between being revealing so you felt like the kurt was pulled back and you got to see him in places and interacting in ways you never could otherwise see. but also having the ultimate foundation of respect. he still has the right to his privacy into his life and do certain things that i would never reach that confidence. part of that comes with being a leader. leaders often have more information than they should share with others and that comes with and discretion, knowing what people need to know, what they don't need to know and you as a leader not gloating over people as i know more than you do, they're realizing that the importance of sharing to read information with the right people in the right way is the right time. that is a delicate balancing act and one that ronald reagan did really well. we always knew that ronald reagan had secrets he couldn't
tell us about. the thing about him that i think it is confidence in the fact that he had the secret was that we knew his heart. we knew that he loved america, that he wanted it to be the best place he could be in hunt america's best interests in mind. so when you know the leader's heart, and their goals come and their values, the core essence of who they are, the minutia of the decisions they make are the bits of information they know or don't know doesn't matter so much and that's why again the leadership component is so important because the actuality that how it plays out with the policies are the exact list of company rules doesn't matter. the bind to the vision of the leader and that changes everything. >> we have a question over here. >> hi, shelby kaplan. so throughout your entire career with everything you've done,
what was the hardest or most nerve-racking thing you had to do and how did you remain optimistic about it going into it? >> you know, definitely the most heartbreaking part was when the president announced that he had alzheimer's. that's for me personally was devastating because i had a personal relationship with him. but even beyond that, one of the most difficult tasks ahead as being part of the team that reset information to the world. i knew how i felt about him and how millions of people around the world. one of his biggest friends and supporters and his invincible superhero. i would eat part of that and i dreaded cherie not what the
world and they would he devastated and heart broken and yet i respected and admired so much inability to get that out there. all of the hip of us weren't even in yet. but it is something that he did not have to share with the world. he and mrs. reagan perhaps could've retreated to the ranch and nobody would have ever even known. that's not what a public servant does. they chose to take something personal and private and in so many ways we know because of ronald and nancy reagan. we know how to better care for people and their hope for late to help alleviate symptoms. they were willing to public service over their need and right to privacy. i would say that was a very challenging time. i was very young. i was married, two little kids, overlapping with that.
my own father was dying of colon cancer. it is a timeout is stretched stretched very, very thin. personal grief wasn't nearly what they kill i felt about taking something so awful and sharing it with the world. that is what he wanted and that is what i would do. >> we have time for about two more questions. now is your chance. >> without one more here. >> berries are too. >> to brave leader stepping up. >> a lot of that would've been
easier now. i had a word processor at that type letters on, cut and paste and copy it, i connected to anything. so much of my job was spent trying to figure out how to get information. i could get close to getting anything you wanted. little friends that were hearing there. a lot of time is a matter of getting on the phone. a lot of times it was down a rabbit trail. if you have a friend and say
again, the time change. sometimes i could call overseas ballots cloud atlas of the internet back then. i don't off i would've had a job or needed so many people in the office. but at the same time, it challenged my problem-solving skills. a little creativity and there always was a way. that's how we approached everything in life because i never turned to the president and say i just couldn't figure that out. there is always a way to figure it out. even with your google search, if you could be problem solvers and think about the best way -- the best solution possible. >> there's always a way to get there. >> and you can do it a smile on
your face. >> good morning, everyone. my question is, how did you find a way to communicate effectively with various leaders he is not? >> i took my cues from the president in my job was always to be behind the scenes. i like to consider myself a very visible, invisible person. i had to hover at the president needed something i wanted them to turn aside and no and jump on whatever it needed. the thing that impacted me the most about how we communicate with people as he spoke with people.
and he treats everybody with respect. another person, another human and what that meant me i like the president always did. it sets up a great pop art for friendship or working relationship between forward far better than the talking points exactly. connecting with the person. they take care of themselves. they work on talking points. >> she deserves a round of applause. >> i read at the beginning how it all began so i thought it would be appropriate to end with a passage that is kind of
summing up how it all ended. i worked for the president for 10 years. like i said, three of my four children. i was working there by the time the president left the office and wasn't coming into the office anymore. i had three little kids in the big distance from the office and decided it was time for me to go home, be home with her kids for a little bit. this was looking back at the end. it has all been surreal. maybe this is just the ending of a very vivid, very realistic and extended dream. the first glimpse of the president never could have imagined how every detail of that man's face, hand, and mannerisms would be forever agree in my mind and now in my memory. i recall the excitement when i was invited from the interview for the very first time in the
penthouse. i thought of my surprise at how comfortable the office was from the outset and how uncomfortable , yet special my first moment of meeting the president lies. it seems like yesterday when i answered the phone for the first time, office of ronald reagan, and now 10 years later i had to consciously override that habit and remember to answer my own home phone with a simple hello. i pictured how carefree and simple my life was back then, going to the gym, dressing for work, socializing and pouring my whole self into my career. by contrast i sometimes felt like i was barely staying afloat, let alone swimming with the relative ease and grace of a few years ago. i was 31 years old and i felt like i lived 10 lives in the past 10 years. i see more, denmark, and that more people in it are applied and most people would in 100 years had i gone from feeling
out of place to feeling comfortable, accomplished and confident in my work. i had known what it felt like to be a place in my life where the pay and people in productivity thrilled me, brought out the best in me and allowed me to offer my best to my work place. i knew what it felt like to be jolted out of bed in the middle of the night at the 1994 northridge earthquake, i'm sure of the house around me would stand and similarly, jolted out of my comfort zone with the realities of cancer and alzheimer's, invading my life in trying to steal the jury from some of my greatest, most memorable and celebrated years of use. that all had taught me that life doesn't happen by accident. they plan and dream and be ready to have an opportunity when it comes your way regardless of how inadequate you feel for the task at hand. keep trying, keep growing, keep
the best of your surroundings and apparently you too can become accomplished in a valued contributor in an environment that previously seemed foreign. we all had a greater capacity to eat, multitask and achieve, celebrate and one simultaneously we can do so with a genuine sense of joy and purpose and contentment, even at times a minute to spare. sometimes a special event. i learned that life is truly a circle in a stylized welcome the night i was reluctantly letting go of a life that meant so much to me and it taught me so much. i realize the gift we are giving seems sometimes to be unearned and undeserved and later were often recalled in life but to demand the blessing on others, unconditionally loving others, even when their capacity to reciprocate is gone. i learned that nothing is forever and had to accept that this amazing chapter of my life was now in.
>> after testifying before congress in making front-page news at the sunnyside case, bruce returned to new york and once again threw herself into a strange and unusual cases that somehow always found their way to her desk. she fought against the same doctor who tormented the famous reporter, nellie bly, when she
went undercover at an insane asylum and was marked for death by the sinister black and. the italian crime organization thank you secret codes and mystical rituals. eventually one of grace's rich society friends, mrs. felix adler called to tell her that a girl had gone missing in new york in new york adventure to me that the with the father of the girl, one mr. henry kruger. by the time greece agreed to take the case, with kruger's photo had appeared in newspapers all over the country. her image events occurred in front of movie theater audiences. the press drawn to the story of a pretty sunday school teacher who had vanished, openly suspected white slavery, foul play and romantic entanglement, sometimes all in the seems dory. juicy clues were flooding to detect the precincts, but none of them panned out. chris took a different approach to the case.
she locked yourself in our office for a week to study every scrap of paper related to it. grace had been trained as a lawyer, but her inability to trust the police for even the plot is help out over the last few gears turned her into more of a detect it. now at age 48, the formula was to search for clues herself, verify them and use them in the courtroom to make her arguments. she didn't trust the police, so she effectively just found her own evidence. in this place, we kept coming back to a freighter kochi, the man who would shower print this case. since being questioned by detect this, co. she had also disappeared. though most of the neighbors speculated, he was made a scapegoat for the crime, especially because u.s. italian. the police had blamed his people for anything in those days. it is true at this time everyone
blames the italians offended he was criminally related, they would ask me in the italians. but though it had already been searched on his motorcycle shop was the last place routes have been seen. grace wanted to see it herself. this is how greece ended up standing in the middle of manhattan avenue in harlem and standing up at the metropolitan motorcycle shop in june made in 17. grace creamed her neck and took in the tall glass windows every anomalous 10 feet high across the front of the store. the white lettering across the class read motorcycle storage on the left and other supplies on the right. she sought 10 cents for mobil oil that homes still in the air. a single blow of the lamp hung up a pole in front of the entrance into huge billboard for graham crackers, as big a minus the shop this offer is off the roof and into the blue sky.
the inside of kochi shop was dead behind the smoked glass. maria kochi, alfredo's wife had been left behind and winter has been disappeared was now desperately trying to keep the store afloat. she had two small children. maria who plan to have no knowledge over her husband was had refused in a searching of the premise. the police were no help either. they moved in city buildings trying to gain entrance to the score -- to distort, officials smiled and said their hands were tied to grace is limited to what she could see from the out side. there were two signs in the window that read mechanics help wanted in selling out. on the outside, through after the front door was a narrow stairwell that served as a separate entrance to the basement.
grace walked near the stairs as unobtrusively as possible. grace knew, like it or not, that alternate events about the store were all circumstantial. the police had searched the seller twice and found nothing but absent. the rest was gossip in headlines. why was kochi missing? because he had taken the girl? has he had been spirited away at the same things who had taken poor ruth or was he just terrified of being blamed by proximity? perhaps there were more sinister forces at work. such is the rumor away slavery that stretched all the way down to brazile or what does the work of the black hand. there were even rumors coach he had been friendly with the motorcycle cops in the neighborhood. grace knew that those questions might be the most dangerous ones, but they still had to be asked. grace potts considering the
absence of cleaner mind. intersect in the city itself, still struggling to connect its new burrows into one unified whole. perhaps ruth ann kochi for the happy couple a nice after all. that version of the truth seemed remote. but still, grace went back to her office thinking through the heat, trying to come up with a plan. when she got to her office, she called her good friend but private detect is made julius jay crown. chrome is a federal agent when he was first assigned to greece during her u.s. district attorney dave and one of the things i found out, she was the first female u.s. district attorney. this is i think a major historical point and you have to look really, really hard to find it anywhere. it is a major accomplishment.